Britain Soccer Football - Aston Villa v Newcastle United - Barclays Premier League - Villa Park - 7/5/16. Newcastle fans look dejected. Reuters / Philip Brown
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Newcastle United's managing director issued an apology to fans after Wednesday's relegation from the Premier League, saying the club were "devastated" and "truly sorry".Bitter north-east neighbors Sunderland's 3-0 win at home to Everton Wednesday was enough to put Newcastle in the Championship as they were consigned to the dreaded drop the alongside Norwich City and Aston Villa.Newcastle's demotion, which comes 12 months after a last-day victory against West Ham preserved their Premier League status, puts the future of manager Rafael Benitez in doubt.Newcastle now hold the unwanted title of being the most expensively assembled side to be relegated from the Premier League, according to the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph.The club's net expenditure of £80 million ($115 million, 101 million euros) on players this season is second only to Manchester City in English football.
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